|Original photo by me. I grew the flower, too.|
I’ve been busy. I took a photo from my garden, photoshopped it to narrow & alter the color range a bit, printed on (I think) 18 sheets of paper & taped those together. Outlined color areas with a red Sharpie so that the outlines would be visible on the back side of the paper, and color coded each area. The large drawing (cartoon in artspeak) is divided into a 6 x 6 grid with a blue Sharpie, to make it easier to figure out where the pieces go.
|Part of the cartoon showing red outlines and color codes|
Each piece is traced from the reverse side onto the paper backing of Soft Fuse fusible web, cut out, fused to the back of my fabric (my own hand dyed sateen), then cut out again and assembled. Lighter colors underlap darker colors. I separate the fusible from the darker fabric along the edge, insert the edge of the lighter fabric, and tack together with a hot iron.
|Hand dyed fabrics selected and labeled|
|Pieces traced onto paper side of fusible web|
|Puzzle pieces cut out of fabric|
The trick is to keep the paper backing under everything or it will fuse to my drawing. I got about ¾ done in 4 long days, and the rest a few days later.
|Starting to put the puzzle together|
Next step involves lots of threadwork to blend the colors. Background will be solid black.
|Ready for the next step|
|Background fabric was added, and the whole top fused to DecorBond. Next, to choose thread colors.|
|Threadwork in progress.|
|More threadwork in progress.|
|This glove was brand new a week ago.|
|Threadwork almost complete. A zillion thread tails to pull to the backside.|
|Threadwork now complete|